The Application of Magnesium Alloys to the Lightweighting of Automotive Structures

  • Mark Easton
  • Mark Gibson
  • Aiden Beer
  • Matthew Barnett
  • Chris Davies
  • Yvonne Durandet
  • Stuart Blacket
  • Xiaobo Chen
  • Nick Birbilis
  • Trevor Abbott

Abstract

This paper investigates some of the opportunities for magnesium alloys based on magnesium’s attributes, such as excellent die castability and high strength to weight ratio. Barriers to the uptake of magnesium alloys are considered and recent technical advancements outlined including the development of creep resistant alloys, high extrudibility alloys, joining technologies and corrosion performance. Finally issues to do with the life-cycle performance of magnesium alloys are discussed.

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© Springer-Verlag GmbH Berlin Heidelberg 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark Easton
    • 1
  • Mark Gibson
    • 2
  • Aiden Beer
    • 3
  • Matthew Barnett
    • 3
  • Chris Davies
    • 1
  • Yvonne Durandet
    • 4
  • Stuart Blacket
    • 5
  • Xiaobo Chen
    • 1
  • Nick Birbilis
    • 1
  • Trevor Abbott
    • 6
  1. 1.CAST Co-operative Research Centre, Department of Materials EngineeringMonash UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.CAST Co-operative Research CentreCSIRO Process Science and EngineeringClaytonAustralia
  3. 3.CAST Co-operative Research Centre, Centre for Material and Fibre InnovationDeakin UniversityGeelongAustralia
  4. 4.CAST Co-operative Research CentreSwinburne University of TechnologyHawthornAustralia
  5. 5.CAST Co-operative Research CentreHenrob (UK) Pty LtdGeebung, BrisbaneAustralia
  6. 6.CAST Co-operative Research CentreAdvanced Magnesium TechnologiesSydneyAustralia

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